Dissent from Obama Plan to Make Community College Free…a #NAWD issue?

by VanessaVaile

So far NTT faculty responses range from jubilation (more CC tenure slots) to deep concern (increased adjunct exploitation). We may not be as “easy to control” as the letter writers assumes but so far still lack the means to resist privatization in the guise of “free education.” Where do you stand on this?

But first, please watch Gates explain why he prefers adjuncts to tenured profs.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Earlier today I posted approvingly about President Obama’s proposal to make two years of community college free for all who work for it, meaning, “Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.” In the announcement, the White House said that his proposal is similar to one enacted in Tennessee by Republican Governor Haslam.

Dissenting readers feared this plan would be a means of imposing NCLB, Race to the Top, and VAM on higher education.

Here is an email I received with other concerns from a professor of mathematics at the University of Memphis:

Dear Professor,

Perhaps you are aware that President Obama is visiting Knoxville, TN, today to talk about his free community college program

http://wate.com/2015/01/08/pres-obama-to-propose-free-community-college-program/. Please see the short video in the bottom of the even shorter announcement.

I think there are many people who (should) have…

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